Ask And It Will Be Given To You
Date: June 15, 2021
As I was praying this morning I asked the Holy Spirit to show me what we need to be reminded of this week. Immediately this scripture came to mind:
Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; the one who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Do you need clear direction today? Has there been a situation in your life that desperately needs changing? Is there a desire of your heart that just never seems to be within your reach? Have you lost interest in even asking God anymore? Or perhaps it’s something in your life that without God would most definitely be impossible? You may have temporarily forgotten that through God ALL things are possible!
I’ve been in all those situations more times than I can count, just as all of you have. With the way in which the world currently finds itself, I think we collectively pray for answers. We are all waiting in anticipation for what’s on the other side, and how God will work it all out!
Biblically speaking, open doors represent hope, transformation, dreams, opportunities and even some mystery. Scripture reminds us that our sweet heavenly Father opens doors in our lives that man cannot shut. Isn’t that reassuring? It may not happen when we wish, which may be part of the mystery, but when He does open those doors, you can be sure the timing is impeccable.
As humans we often tend to complicate God. If we simply took Him at His word our lives could soar to new heights. We could run more often than walk, and with power and hope. Matthew 7:24 says, “Therefore anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.”
This cannot only apply to being obedient, but I also think it can apply to taking His word and praying it into existence, putting it into practice like this, using the first verse in Mathew 7:7-8 as an example:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I ask and your word promises it will be given to me. You have said that if I search and seek I will find, and your door that is before me will be opened. For your word promises that no man can shut any door you have opened before me. You never lead me down the wrong paths. For your word says if I ask, I shall receive and if I search I will find what I need. If I persist and keep knocking on that door, you promise to open it. Father, I will not stop believing your promises! For you have said that you know the plans you have for me, plans to prosper and give me new HOPE! So here I am waiting on you, dear Lord! Open this door!
Jesus prayed this way. You can too, using any favorite verse of your own. Keep in mind that you are not bullying God into keeping His promises, you are simply praying His words back to Him! It’s a powerful way to communicate with our Father. It’s personalizing his word so that they don’t remain just words on a page. We often tend to read theses familiar verses and neglect the impact they can have on us and on our lives!
This portion of scripture in Matthew has truly been one that has spoken directly to me in multiple situations in my life. One particular event that this verse reminds me of was when one of my granddaughters, who was three years old at the time, was going through some serious medical testing. Doctors were trying to determine the cause of her symptoms. The potential diagnosis was frightening enough, however there was one test that required her to be separated from her parents for a while and taken to a cold scary room and given anesthesia by strangers. She would have had to be strapped down and put to sleep for an hour. Just the thought of the nurses coming to take her out of my daughter’s arms brought me to tears!
We began to pray for a way out.
The day came when we went to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles to discuss this procedure with her specialist. We desperately needed a door to open. Somehow, some way we needed a different approach that didn’t require her to be put under anesthesia.
As we entered this enormous hospital, we found our way to one of the countless elevators. Not quite sure where we were going, we entered an elevator and without knowing, had a divine meeting with a nurse who later seemed like an angel in disguise! We asked her if she knew where our particular suite was, and wouldn’t you know that she happened to work there and said we could follow her. Do not ask me how we were able to exchange such a detailed conversation on such a short elevator ride, but all I can say is…. God! The kind nurse began to ask us questions as to why our girl was there. My daughter explained the situation and how much she was dreading this test. The nurse started to converse with my precious granddaughter and assessed her as being very mature for her age. She went on to explain that they had never performed this test without anesthesia for children under four and even then it was not always successful, however she thought our girl could do it!
This was not just a door being opened, it was busted down and ran through! As it turned out, my three old granddaughter was strapped in, given a device to watch a Disney princess movie, and best of all her mama was at her side holding her sweet hand the entire duration of the test. And she never budged an inch! Only God could have done that! We three left there that day hand in hand praising God’s goodness and crying tears of relief as we exited the hospital!
“Ask and it will be given,” were words that came to life for me that day. That verse is meant for each and every child of God. It’s meant for you today! Put God’s word into practice and watch what He is capable of doing. It’s not always today, tomorrow or the year after, but His word says He WILL open that door! Trust Him, believe Him at His word and keep knocking. His word says He WILL open the floodgates of heaven to give you good gifts. Now be prepared to receive them!
These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.
The Lord never seeks to bribe us for our good works. Much like our earthly parents, He desires to reward our anemic efforts. We may never hit the mark, we will never be perfect, but He loves our attempts to please and trust Him!
Matthew 7:12 ends the verses about asking by saying, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. For this sums up the Law and the prophets.” How simple God makes it for us! No need to be perfect and jump through hoops for Him. Simply love one another, and doors will be opened! He says that pretty much sums everything up. How good is that?
Delighting in safe pasture,